PETALING JAYA: Perodua maintained its lead in car sales in 2019.
It has been the market leader since 2006, when it first overtook Proton in car sales.
The carmaker sold 240,341 units last year, a rise of 5.8% over the 227,243 units in 2018.
Proton was in second place with 100,183 units sold. This is an additional 35,439 units over 2018’s total, or a 54.7% jump, making it the biggest mover of 2019.
This year, the CKD X70 and “X50” will debut, and the 2020 sales target is 32% higher.
It was the biggest mover of last year as well, with 100,183 units sold — a massive 54.7% jump.
Honda, the previous occupier of the second spot, saw the biggest drop in volume. The carmaker sold 85,418 units in 2019, which is 16,864 units lower than in 2018.
Honda still managed to end the year as the leader in the non-national car sector, ahead of Toyota, selling 69,091 units, a 5.4% year-on-year increase.
Honda reported that its City brought in the highest contribution of 36%, followed by its HR-V (with a 19% contribution) and CR-V (14%) as of November 2019.
Toyota follows with an increase of 9,069 in sales in the passenger vehicle segment to 69,091 last year against 65,551 in 2018.
Toyota is among the six automotive companies in the passenger vehicle segment that recorded a growth, together with Perodua, Proton, Renault, CAM and Porsche.
The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) sees a challenging year ahead with a 2020 total industry volume forecast of 607,000 units, up 0.5%.
The total number of units sold in 2019 was 604,287 units, an increase of 5,689, or about 1%, over the 598,598 units recorded in 2018.
Passenger vehicles led the way with a rise of 17,080 units, or 3.2%, to 550,179 units in 2019.
Commercial vehicle sales fell 11,391 units, or 17.4%, to 54,108 units.
Passenger vehicles now account for 91% of total industry volume, up from 89.1% in 2018.